VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, Oct 19, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Rainmaker Entertainment, the multifaceted animation studio and one of Canada’s largest producers of CG animation, is joining forces with Jane Startz, the distinguished producer of family entertainment, on the development and production of two family-oriented feature films. Utilizing Rainmaker’s extensive CGI talents, the two films – Tiger’s Apprentice, based on Newbury Honor winner Laurence Yep’s best-selling young adult novel of the same title, and Far Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane, based on the children’s fantasy tale written by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell which was also the winner of the Nestle Children’s Book Prize – will be produced by Startz and Catherine Winder, President and Executive Producer, Rainmaker Entertainment, who announced the two film projects today.
“Jane is by far one of the most talented producers of family entertainment in both film and television as evidenced by her work as the producer of Ella Enchanted, The Indian In The Cupboard, Tuck Everlasting and the multi-award winning The Magic School Bus,” said Winder. “She has also earned a reputation as one of the most respected producers of children’s book adaptations and we are very pleased to be partnered with her on these two exciting literary properties, which both lend themselves to big screen adventures and storytelling.”
Startz added: “I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to bring Tiger’s Apprentice to the big screen. The book’s mythology is so rich and one that has not been seen before. The rich storylines are further enhanced by visually exciting and complex characters. Fergus Crane is fresh and funny and has all the elements to become a classic evergreen family film. I look forward to working with Catherine and the talented, creative forces at Rainmaker to adapt both these properties into exceptional movie going experiences.”